29 June 2020 10:37

Matthew Wright Talkradio Kevin O'Sullivan

Times Radio has launched this morning with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The station is a partnership between The Times, Sunday Times and News UK's radio division Wireless, and promises to be an alternative to Radio 4 and LBC. Several current and former broadcasters from Salford-based BBC Radio 5 live have joined the station, and one of them, Aasmah Mir, presented the first programme this morning alongside Sig Abell. The Breakfast duo welcomed the Prime Minister for his "first sit-down broadcast interview since the start of the coronavirus lockdown".In the interview, Johnson said that the coronavirus crisis had been a "disaster" and an "absolute nightmare" for the country and that he wanted to set out a plan to "bounce forward" following the pandemic. Aasmah Mir co-hosts the breakfast show on Times Radio, which went live at 6am "Good morning and welcome to a new voice in British radio." Those were the first words spoken on Times Radio this morning, as the breakfast co-host Aasmah Mir launched the digital speech station.

Times Radio began broadcasting at 6am in a landmark moment for broadcasting in the UK. It is the first time that a British newspaper group has launched a news and current affairs radio station. The debut breakfast show, hosted by Mir and Stig Abell, included interviews with Boris Johnson, the prime minister, Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, and John Witherow, editor of The Times. Stories covered in the first hour included the prime minister's plan for a £1 billion school-building programme, the departure of Sir Mark Sedwill as cabinet secretary and